Ways to Give
- Make a Financial gift
- Leave a legacy by naming RISE in your planned giving
- Donate items from our Wish List
- Host a donation drive
- Volunteer your time with RISE
We welcome the interest of businesses to support ability to help some of our community’s most vulnerable populations. Business can collaborate with RISE through:
- Offering grants and underwriting opportunities
- Special event sponsorship. Annual events include Circle of Hope and The Brat Stand. Corporate sponsorships begin at the $500 level and are tailored to fit the sponsor’s marketing and investment goals.
- Host a donation drive at your office.
- Encourage employees to volunteer their time. Great for team building!
If you have any questions about the wish list, interested in hosting a drive, or making financial donation to RISE, please contact Development Manager Julie Sheldon at Julie.sheldon@RISEwisconsin.org or 608-729-1142
Donate while you shop
RISE is registered as a charitable organization with AmazonSmile and can earn donations from anyone that selects RISE as their charity of choice. AmazonSmile is a website powered by Amazon and when you shop the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. To ensure that RISE is getting a donation made from your future Amazon purchases, click here for a FAQ on AmazonSmile.
Please check our Wish List to see which items we need and which items we cannot accept. Unless instructed otherwise, donations can be dropped off at RISE, 2120 Fordem Ave., Madison WI 53704.
Please bring donations during business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM. The receptionist can provide you with a tax receipt. Contact Julie Sheldon with questions, 608-729-1142.
Leave a Legacy
Naming RISE in your will or estate plan is a special way that you can help us provide community-based, comprehensive services and supports to children, families, and individuals that strengthen our community and Dane County. Planned giving allows you to include charitable donations in our overall financial plans, which helps to ensure the continued stability of our organization. There are a number of ways you can arrange to leave a legacy.
Bequests Made in Your Will or Trust
You may choose to provide for RISE by leaving a bequest in your will or trust. Bequests can be made in several ways, and below is a list of some of those options
- You can provide that a specific dollar amount (for example, $5,000) or a specific percentage of your estate (for example, 5%) will pass to RISE.
- You can designate a specific asset to pass to the RISE (such as a residence, a work of art, or specified securities).
- You can provide for your loved ones first, and then designate the RISE to receive the remainder of your estate.
- Bequests can also be made in memory of a person, and we would be happy to discuss ways to ensure proper recognition.
Should you choose any of these options, please make sure you properly identify us by our legal name, RISE Wisconsin, Inc.
Other Planned Gifts
Although leaving a legacy bequest in your will or trust is the simplest and most popular ways to make a planned gift, there are many other planned giving strategies that may be helpful or more suitable to your needs;
Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is an irrevocable contract in which you exchange a gift of cash or securities for a fixed lifetime income stream for yourself and/or a loved one. By participating in this program, you can make a significant gift to the RISE and at the same time receive a lifetime income stream. You may also receive an immediate income tax deduction and favorable capital gains tax treatment. In general, this planned giving option is for donors age 65 years and older who contribute a minimum of $5,000. There is, however, another option for younger donors, called a deferred gift annuity. Payments begin at a point in the future specified by the donor, but cannot start until after the named annuitant (you and/or your loved one) attains age 65.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
A charitable remainder trust is similar to a charitable gift annuity in that it creates an income stream for you or a loved for life or for a specified term of years. At the end of the specified term, the remainder of the trust’s assets will pass to RISE. Although this option involves legal fees for the donor, it is an attractive vehicle that offers more flexibility than a charitable gift annuity. Trusts can be tailored to accommodate a wide variety of gift assets and to meet personal financial and charitable goals.
You can name RISE Wisconsin, Inc as the beneficiary of your retirement plan(s). Assets from an IRA or other qualified retirement plans passing to heirs are taxed more heavily than other assets in your estate since they are subject to both estate tax upon your death and income tax when distributed to your heirs. This approach generally only requires that you fill out a form obtained from your plan administrator.
Life Insurance Policies
You can name RISE Wisconsin, Inc as the owner and/or beneficiary of your life insurance policy. When existing life insurance policies are no longer important to your family’s financial security, you can pass on the financial benefits of the policy to RISE by designating us as the owner and/or beneficiary of the policy. As with retirement plans, this approach generally only requires completing a form obtained from the life insurance company. We would be happy to work with you to discuss the giving opportunities mentioned above and to help create a donation plan that makes sense for your particular circumstances. We highly recommend that you speak with your tax and financial advisors to assist you in determining the best-planned gifts for your circumstances.